How would you describe your style?
Some would say I don't have one set style which I agree with. While I typically love simple, neutral earth tones for the majority of my photography & personal work, I also sometime love a pop of color or bold statement piece/prop to add some variety.
When should I schedule my newborn session?
All newborn sessions take place within two weeks after birth, so it is important to schedule your session while still pregnant to reserve a spot within this timeframe! I usually book 2 to 3 months in advance but it is never too early in your pregnancy to schedule your newborn session. If you are later than that, or your baby has already arrived, I occasionally have last minute availability and will do my best to accommodate you.
How do I book my session?
Once you decide which session option is right for you, I will send you sevral links via email: the contract to sign, a questionnaire form to fill out, & the link to make deposit payment. Once you sign the contract and pay the deposit, your due date will go on my calendar and I will hold a session spot for you within two weeks of your delivery date. You must contact me within 48 hours of your baby’s arrival to ensure a spot on my calendar in the ideal timeframe for photos.
What is the best age to photograph my newborn?
The best age to schedule the session is within the first 14 days after birth (typically 6-12 days is ideal for most full term babies). This is when babies are most sleepy and curly for the newborn poses. Babies over two weeks old are more alert and sensitive to being posed during their newborn sessions as well as more likely to develope increased baby acne & colic. I provide a prep guide before your session so that you can prepare your baby the best way possible to ensure he or she is sleepy, and I will try my best using the right conditions such as a very warm room, lots of feedings, pacifier, cuddling, etc.
Where do newborn sessions take place?
All newborn sessions take place in my small home studio in Middlesex, NJ. This allows me to have consistent lighting and a temperature warm enough to keep the baby comfortable, and access to all of my newborn props & blankets so that you can help choose your favorites to incorporate in your session.
What can I expect during a newborn session?
Depending on which session you book, sessions can take anywhere from 1-4 hours. This is so that we have time built in to feed and soothe the baby (which you will see often takes the most time!!). The studio will be kept very warm to ensure your baby’s comfort, so dressing in layers is recommended. Feel free to bring in drinks & snacks of your choosing (I do request that the front door be limited to the amount of opening & closing while baby is asleep & naked especially during the colder months) My clients love to take advantage of the opportunity to get out of the house. It is a great time to relax, catch up on email and social media, or even take a nap, knowing their little one will be in good hands while here.
Can I get photos of the baby with my older child or children?
Of course! These photos can be included in Mini & Full session options. Family sessions can be included in the Full session option. Please let me know ahead of time if you wish to have sibling photos included in your session.
What is the difference between the simple, mini and full session?
The Simple newborn session which is limited to 1 hour in length and includes just one setup (One blanket, one prop, or one furry rug). The Simple newborn session comes with 5+ digital images Although I give suggestions & steps to follow before you leave your house to have baby already asleep on arrival to achieve the sleepy poses you see in my portfolio some babies will be awake anyway. Due to the time constraint, less time is spent getting baby to sleep as compared to the other sessions & baby's will be photographed awake or asleep (when needed swaddles, wraps, tucked in poses will be used).
The Mini & Full newborn session options last anywhere from 1.5-4 hours (depending on how sleepy baby is for his or her session) and includes 3 set ups for the Mini sessions and 5-6 setups with the Full session, with more poses covered as compared to the Simple session.
The Mini Sessions includes 15+ digital images and the Full newborn session comes with 25-30+. The Simple & Mini Sessions are perfect for parents looking to just get a couple of photos for a birth announcement or who are on a limited budget, but would still like to enjoy a newborn session with Sarah Dipity Photography.
Can I bring props to my newborn session?
I provide all of the blankets, hats, headbands, wraps and props you see in many of my photos for newborn sessions. If you wish to include an additional item, please limit the amount that you bring to 1 or 2. You will be asked to fill out a pre-session style questionnaire where you can let me know if you have any color and pose preferences for your session where you can list props/personal items aswell. I do request no cute little crocheted outfits, those these are adorable they have a place outside of the artistic, fine art photography look which I feel greatly takes away from the baby's natural beauty. With that said one special request/fun set up (ie superheros, disney princess themes, sport themes with props more than a ball, etc. will be allowed at the disgression of the photographer.
How do I prepare for my newborn's session?
As soon as the baby is born, contact me to get your session date scheduled & you will then receive a prep guide via email that will give you more information about how to prepare. In summary though – lots of milk, white noise and heat are all the things that go into the session so that we have a nice sleepy baby!!
Can I bring other family members to watch? Since the studio space is on the small side with only enough seating for 2 adults comfortably I do request that anyone not being photographed or a required driver refrain from joining us during the session. I even suggest that other siblings be brought out of the studio by a parent or other family member once we are done with their set ups to insure a smoother running session when we are concentrating on baby alone set ups.
When will my photos be ready?
Within 2-3 weeks you will receive an online gallery with the high resolution photos for you to download so that you can print your photos anywhere at any size (though I do provide recommendations on where to print & cropping guidlines). Yes, you receive the full resolution edited images in the online gallery with all packages. There are no hidden fees and no additional purchase requirements, but you will have the option to order prints & other products directly from your online gallery.
What is your sick policy?
Sicknesses happen, especially if you have young children! For the safety of your brand new baby, under no circumstances will I photograph your newborn if I am ill. And the same goes for all of my clients that come into my studio… I do not want anyone who is sick enter the studio because I need to keep it as sanitized as possible for all of the newborns that come to see me. Therefore, if you are sick, please let me know and we can reschedule. Thank you for your understanding!
Balance payment is accepted on the day of the session via cash, check, paypal, or credit card.
For all newborn sessions the contract must be signed and $100 non-refundable deposit must be paid to reserve your session. I will choose the best photos from your session and hand edit them myself. The original raw files are not available for purchase. For all sessions you will be provided with an online gallery to download images, and this gallery will not expire as long as my hosting company is still in business. Due to the nature of custom photography, all sales are final and nonrefundable. Digital files come with a print release, however Sarah Dipity Photography retains the right to all images.
Email me at Sarah.Dubas@yahoo.com if you have any more questions or to schedule your newborn session! I look forward to working with you!